By Veronicah Njoroge
Reigning Miss World, Rolene Strauss, has canceled her planned visit to Kenya following the Garissa University College attacks. Strauss and the Miss World team have cited security concerns amongst the reasons for cancelling the 10th March visit, during which the beauty queen was to engage in number of charitable activities.
Strauss was crowned Miss South Africa in 2014 and also scooped the Miss World title in December the same year. She was to be accompanied by her predecessor, Megan Young from the Philippines and were to be hosted by the Miss World Kenya team.
Ashleys Limited Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Terry Mungai issued a statement saying “We, the Miss World Kenya office regret to inform you that the diner in honor of Miss World, which was to be held on April 10, 2015 has been postponed due to the British travel advisory, which has been escalated by the Garissa terror attack. We will advise you as soon as we have the new date”
According to reports, the delegation was to donate $10000 towards the Smile Train Project. The project is led by Kenya’s 2014 Beauty with a Purpose Queen Idah Ngumah. The project is geared towards repairing cleft palates in children. A further gift of approximately Ksh. 1 million was also to be awarded to Miss Ngumah by Chairperson of the Miss World Organization Julia Morley.
The Miss World team was also scheduled to visit Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital to see the great work Miss Nguma and the charity team have been doing there before another visit to Kijabe on Saturday for similar activities.
Other international celebrities and visitors have also cancel or postponed their trips to Kenya in the wake of the attack that claimed 147 lives and left many injured. Despite this, President of the United States of America Barrack Obama has maintained his trip, which is scheduled for July this year, and pledged continued support to the Kenyan government in the fight against terrorism.